Tuesday, May 20, 2014



Big smiles-- last photo with Hailey's baby front tooth!  She's getting to be a big girl.
It's that time again.  Sunny weather and time for some fresh new lessons! 

Do any of you remember the song, Bullfrogs and Butterflies?  Remembering that song and wanting to teach it to the kids inspired this sunny day lesson. 
"Bullfrogs and Butterflies
We've both been born again!
Bullfrogs and Butterflies
We've both been born again!"

Singing "Bullfrogs and Butterflies" with our sisters and cousins!

The life cycle of the butterfly always makes an interesting lesson for little ones.  Making it edible adds to the fun. 

But it is also a great chance to talk about what it means to be born again

Edible Butterfly life cycle- Egg (mini marshmallow), Larve (gummy worm),
Pupa (Tootsie roll), Butterfly (cookie)

Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you,
no one can see the kingdom of God
unless they are born again." 
~John 3:3

To be "born again" is to have a spiritual rebirth!  The Jews thought the promise of salvation was physical and came from being born of the "seed" of Abraham.  But Jesus explained the promise of salvation is actually through a spiritual "seed" which is by faith in Him.   

Colorful wings
We go through a change when we come to faith in Christ that makes us as different from our old selves as a caterpillar is from a butterfly. 

Reading about the Monarch-- hey look, that looks about where Santa Cruz is located.

Sometimes we can get a little hung up on theology and wonder if we can be saved.  For that reason, I love sharing this verse with young ones as well:

"All that the Father gives Me
will come to Me, and the one
who comes to Me I will by no
means cast out." 
~John 6:37

That language "by no means" sounds a lot like "no way, not ever, no way, Jose!"  And that's how the kids like to remember it.  ;) 

If we come to Christ, He will not cast us out.  "No way, Jose!"

Butterfly Stages free printables by MamaMiss

We did the school work of learning the names of the stages.  And we may refer to Tootsie Rolls as "Pupas" or "Chrysalises" from now on, but it was loads of fun. 

Big kids took a few minutes to join in, which always makes it more entertaining for the littles. 

Thanks for playing along, big kids.  I give you a big thumbs up!

I also  thought it would be fun to have the girls drink like butterflies from "flowers" with looooong tongues. 

Butterflies drink nectar or pollen from flowers from their proboscis (that works like a long straw).

Some left over dollar store plates and cups did the trick.  We always seem to have extra pink plates and cups around here.  I glued the cups to the plates the night before to avoid spills.  

Like this-- yum!

It was Toadally cool!  

Bullfrogs and Butterflies...  Joshie and Sarah Mae are sweet cousin buddies.

May you be blessed,



  1. I love this! What a great idea with the cups and plates.

  2. What a fun lesson! For some reason, edible lessons seem to be a big hit here too! I must remember this when spring next makes an appearance in the southern hemisphere.

  3. I can't believe it's almost Summer again! I was going to try and do your ideas with my littles last Summer :I But, I will be teaching a Sunday School class starting in June, and your ideas from Summer School will be a fun break from the 'norm'. :) Thank you for sharing!

  4. Oh, I love the little musical of Bullfrogs and Butterflies. My husband brought me an old timey record player for Christmas and that record was saved from my childhood. I am now playing the songs for my kiddos. Nostalgia!

    You always have the most uplifting post. I have been reading for years and I get such a lot of encouragement from your beautiful pictures and snippets of life. - Carmen

  5. We're using Bullfrogs and Butterflies for the theme of our Bible School. Loved the great ideas.